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Job Fair helps match openings, workers

February 22, 2014
By Erika Platt-Handru - Staff Writer ( , The Advertiser-Tribune

The Seneca County Job Fair is slated for May 12 at Tiffin University's Heminger Center.

Kathy Oliver, director of Seneca County Job and Family Services, said this year will be the second year the Jobs Fair and other local organizations will be hosting the event. Prior to working with U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urban, and the other organizations, including the chambers of commerce and economic development organizations, SCJFS was involved with other job fairs, Oliver said.

"We're excited about it. It's coming along," Oliver said of this year's job fair.

The event is free and open to the public, and VIP registration also is available, Oliver said.

Through VIP registration, a job seeker registers prior to the fair and has a slight advantage over the general public, she said.

"You can actually get in earlier to see employers if you do a couple of things, like give us your resume," Oliver said. "It's an opportunity to get to the employers before the general public."

Last year, more than 50 employers were at the job fair and more than 500 job seekers attended, Oliver said. This year, it has not yet been determined how many employers will be at the fair.

Employers present last year included those from the health care industry, the retail industry and banks.

"There's a quite a variety of employers," Oliver said.

Oliver said last year's job fair was a success and working with Jordan's office has been a plus. She said Jordan will be present at this year's fair.

"We do know people were hired at (last year's) event," she said. "I believe it's a good opportunity for employers to find good people they're looking for. And it's a good opportunity for job seekers to meet with employers and hopefully get a job there."



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